Life, especially family life, or life in school, is full of opportunities for self-giving where we sacrifice our own needs for the needs of others. Self-giving is essential for individuals and relationships to grow and develop.
During Lent, Christians practice both giving and giving-up, to identify with the complete self-offering of Jesus which is remember during Holy Week and over the Easter weekend.
Lord, when I am hungry
give me someone to feed;
When I am thirsty
give water for their thirst.
When a burden weighs upon me
lay upon my shoulders
the burden of my fellows.
Lord, when I stand
greatly in need of tenderness,
give me someone who yearns for love. May your will be my bread;
Your grace my strength; Your love my resting place.
Our advent topic is all about Visitors. We will be thinking about the joys and demands that visitors create.
Advent is a time when we appreciate the love in our lives and prepare to celebrate love becoming a reality in the person of Jesus. Christians at Christmas celebrate the gift of Jesus, given by God as a sign and expression of God’s love. Giving and receiving reflects the truth that all life is given by God and life is given meaning through the gift of Jesus.
Today a Saviour is born!
In the stillness of the night God enters human history
through the birth of his only Son.
He is our peace and hope.
In him we praise God for his
goodness to us in giving us so great a gift. Amen
Our first topic is all about homes and how we can create a happy home. God is the loving parent of the human family and Jesus was born and lived in a human family.
Father, creator of all,
you ‘ordered the earth’ to bring forth life
and crowned its goodness by
creating family life.
Teach us the beauty of human love,
show us the value of family life
and help us to live in peace